Seattle Mariners outfielder Eric Wedge told reporters -- including Greg Johns of MLB.com -- that the team is expecting to get outfielder Michael Saunders back from the disabled list next week.
Saunders is set to head out on a minor league rehab assignment with Seattle's Triple-A club over the weekend. If all goes well during the rehab stint, Saunders should be activated next week.
The outfielder has been on the DL since earlier this month with a sprained right shoulder. He suffered the injury during an April 11 contest against the Houston Astros, and he ultimately exited the game. Soon after he was placed on the DL.
While Saunders' rehab is heading in the right direction, he'll still require a few days in the minors before returning, according to Wedge.
"Saunders definitely is headed in the right
direction," Wedge said Wednesday. "He had a real good day today
playing catch. We'll go home tomorrow and let the doctors look at him again and
potentially send him out as early as Friday. We want him to play for a couple
days and hopefully get him back, whether it be this weekend or it could be as
late as Monday."
Veteran Endy Chavez has been filling in for Saunders. The Mariners also recently lost Franklin Gutierrez to a hamstring injury.
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